Havîn Al-Sîndy works in Berlin, Düsseldorf and Kurdistan. Al-Sîndy studied at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart and at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. She graduated as a master student in 2018. In parallel, she studied biology and chemistry at the University of Duisburg-Essen. She currently teaches at the University of Fine Arts in Braunschweig.
Havîn Al-Sîndy’s works are located in the field of sculpture, painting and moving images. She is concerned with artistic and scientific processes of making things visible, finding languages for what is difficult to say, as well as the ambivalences in the production of visibility itself. Her working method is processual and mostly collaborative. Again and again, a dialogue takes place across generations – an interest in and engagement with one another. The figure of the mother plays a special role here, as in the works Uda, or the installation Lehmhaus. Personal as well as collective memories and their reconstruction, localization and de-localization are themes that she presents performatively and installatively in order to involve viewers in the spatial dimension of her sculptures and to encourage them to interact with the works. This creates spaces of encounters with experiences that do not necessarily have to have been one’s own, but which carry invitations to unlearn supposedly self-evident things. Her location in sculpture is expressed in a working method that consistently starts from materials such as clay, plaster, earth, or massive paper webs. With this she creates sculptural interrogations of bodies, as well as interventions in the exhibition space that point beyond it, as in the work Kras û fistan (2021). Boundaries between past and present, perception and expectation, inside and outside become porous. This also applies to her interest in the sphere of nature as a formative entity, which is supposedly separate from man, and which comes from the natural sciences. Al-Sîndy buries paper and lets it vegetate, she draws in the forest with the forms of tree roots and lets herself in. With her art she explores the repressed and unsaid.
Text: Eva Busch
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